GLORY 18 is in the books, and it didn’t disappoint — with a hard-hitting lightweight title fight headlining, and a wild light heavyweight tournament backing it up with knockouts aplenty.
As we predicted here at Caged Insider, it was another great GLORY evening.
In the main event, Robin van Roosmalen rose from the canvas, a victim of a hard left hook courtesy of opponent Davit Kiria, to earn a unanimous decision victory and GLORY Lightweight Championship.
The four man light heavyweight contender tournament featured two knockouts. Zack Mwekassa, fresh off his starching of Pat Barry at GLORY 16, continued his new kickboxing career with a highlight reel knockout of Brian Collette. The native of Congo needed just just 45 seconds to polish off his American opponent, and looked fresh and ready for the final.
But unfortunately for the man they call “The Black Warrior”, Mwekasaa found himself the victim of a head kick knockout at the hands, or more accurately, feet, of Brazil’s Saulo Cavaleri in the finals. That stoppage capped off a back-and-forth bout — as Mwekassa put it in a post-fight press conference, “When I fight, win or lose, you’re going to be on the edge of your seat!”
Cavaleri, who hails from Curitiba (home of such MMA standouts as Wanderlei Silva), had earned a decision victory over the Congo-born, Germany-based Danyo Ilunga earlier in the night. The former champion of It’s Showtime, Ilunga was just a step behind Cavaleri, who now appears poised for a title shot against champion Gokhan Saki.
Cavaleri remarked in the post-fight press conference, “Mwekassa is a strong athlete and was a great boxer. I kicked more, and took my time, and eventually got the KO.”
Regarding a Saki bout, “He is a legend of kickboxing, so it’s a great opportunity. It would be a pleasure.”
The next GLORY event is scheduled for December 19, and will air on SPIKE TV in the US. A lightweight contender tournament and a heavyweight championship bout are scheduled.